Why the name, "Illusions of Permanence?"
Whether it's an image of a mountain range, a distant galaxy, or a rusty sign (left), every photograph depicts something which is in the process of losing its form and fading from existence. It cannot possibly be otherwise.
On one level, photographs give us temporary license to put our heads in the clouds and embrace the notion, if only for a moment, that some of those things which we treasure most in this life just might last forever; a fleeting indulgence of the human ego, to be sure. On a deeper and truer level, however, photographs serve to remind us---ever so subtly---that even the stars and planets are impermanent.
Our own impermanence is at the core of who and what we are. It is a matter with which we often wrestle, but it is a battle which cannot be won until the wrestling stops and equanimity takes its place. Although our daily existence might tend to feel more secure and less frightening if we have something seemingly permanent to grab onto, eventually, when we give up the illusion that there is anything permanent to grasp, we discover a new freedom, an inner lightness, which had previously eluded us.
And this is how it should be.
The photographs you find on this site may or may not appeal to you. Either way, as the saying goes, it's all good. I am simply pleased that the Universe has conspired to bring you right here, right now.
- Fred S.
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"The bad news is you're falling through the air,
Nothing to hang on to,
The good news is, there's no ground."
- Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche